Who You Really Are = What You Will Achieve

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“You are what you can’t stop doing. If you know what someone is passionate about, then that person and that thing will intersect at some point.

“Passion involves compulsion, and all people have compulsions that draw them away from their best interests. People and what they love don’t always intersect; people and their compulsions do.”

If your compulsions are not aligned with your own goals and best interests, it’s time to do something about it. Your every action, thought, and method of mental input should be aligned with your major goals; there should be no conflict, no deviation, no distraction. All your minor and major goals should be aligned. The goals and values of your business partners should also be aligned and in sync with your goals and values.

Where focus goes, energy flows, and we have limited time, energy, and resources at our disposal, so it behooves us to cut away deadwood and distractions, be it habits, people, places, compulsions/addictions, input, or goals. Jettison anyone or anything that sabotages, weakens, or threatens your progress.

We need to establish our personal, most secret values hierarchies and know our strengths and weaknesses, our inner yearnings and needs, our fears and hopes and dreams – intimately. And we need to face up to who and what we really are, then make the necessary adjustments.

My favourite questions to ask would-be IPS Distributors“How badly do you want it on a scale of 1-10? (Anything less than 9 and he’s out.) Why is it not a 10? What other options do you have? Why this one? WHY do you want it? What will happen if you don’t join us?”

Check your track record. People always return/revert to who they really are. We cannot maintain a level of achievement beyond our self-esteem, and we self-sabotage when we violate of own value system. To thine own self be true; you will follow your passion. Read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Robin Elliott

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Have You Changed Your Tune to Failure?

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“Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don’t tell what train I’m on
They won’t know what route I’m going”

All very well. Nice song. Sadly, some of us have changed our tune to go:

“I don’t know what train I’m on
So I don’t know where I’m going”

This is true of a lot of people these days. Those who want to have some control over their destinies have to make some hard choices and changes; they have to be ready to pay the price for their prizes. Most, however, take the easy route, and that ends up in a hard life.

Entrepreneurs are disciplined and prepared to work hard for a time in order to enjoy a future of freedom, while most decide to take the easy route to a future of dependence, toil, and suffering. Smart people do what others won’t in order to create a future in which they can do what others can’t.

We have to decide which train to board: the party train full of fatty food, drink, drugs, sex, and deviants, or the one with few luxuries and hard work. And remember, time goes by fast, and the fun doesn’t last.

Popularity is seldom the goal of smart, hardworking, goal-driven people. As pilgrims in this life, we have to be prepared to choose the narrow road, that road less traveled. Unfortunately, there are few really good opportunities out there that last, that provide the kind of income and support they promise, and that are built on a sound foundation.

That foundation should include the insight that most people are not great salespeople or recruiters (goodbye, MLM), and they don’t have huge databases of contacts (so long, “Financial Planners” and Realtors.) It should offer coaching and mentoring from people who have actually achieved significant success, too, not some novice poser who has read a few books or attended some seminars.

IPS Safety Inc. and the non-profit IPS Wellness Foundation provide real, lasting, proven options for winners who want to create a comfortable future for themselves and their families. We’re the train to board. Contact me for more information.

Robin Elliott  (The picture above was taken in Cuba)

The Road Not Taken (Less Traveled)

BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Power of the Media

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If you think watching or reading the mainstream media doesn’t affect people, think again. There is a reason why Western governments give them the kind of money they do: propaganda and misinformation pays off.

Trudeau’s corrupt Liberals promised to restore and increase the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s budget, and will begin with a $75-million injection this year, followed by $150 million a year over until 2020-21. After all, the CBC is the Liberal mouthpiece.

Low IQ women who undress and feign sex with strange men and women in front of a camera are called a Porn “Stars” – unless they do it for Hollywood cameras, in which case they instantly become “Movie Stars,” and “Celebrities” and their uninformed, childish political opinions, as long as they are aligned with that of Hollywood and the Liberals, are suddenly very important and broadcast widely to adoring fans.

You wonder why semi-literate, uninformed Canadians think Trump is “stupid?” Yes, their passive aggression is showing – coming out from behind all that political “correctness,” and the Donald is effectively exposing their trusted news source as being fake: Cognitive Dissonance at work.

As an illustration of the power of the media to brainwash the sheeple, I have posted this real-life story of a fake restaurant below. Worth watching,

Robin Elliott

Stop it Now! Credimus quod credere volumus

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As we age, we learn that most people have been solidly brainwashed into their beliefs, perceptions, and philosophies – sometimes over a long period, and sometimes to avoid the pain of confronting reality –  and no amount of argument, proof, evidence, or logic will shift them. There is a good reason for this: Cognitive Dissonance: It’s uncomfortable to believe or even consider that which doesn’t fit our current worldview.

Credimus quod credere volumus means, “We always believe what we want to believe.” We seek evidence to prove and support our perspective or cosmology. So our Reticular Activating Systems, that is our “brain filters,” are set to unconsciously dismiss conflicting evidence, since it’s uncomfortable for us, and to seek evidence that supports what we believe to be true.

In addition, there is the Sunk Cost Syndrome and Optimism Bias at work. That means we refuse to acknowledge that we spent a lot of time and perhaps money and suffering building our worldview, and accepting another worldview would mean that sunk cost was a waste, and that they are less at risk experiencing their present negative circumstances or beliefs than any other, new option, regardless of logical evidence.

For this reason, we need to understand how to shift someone’s worldview in their own favour. Deprogramming takes time and expertise, and cannot be accomplished by thrusting a book into the hands of the believer. Cults come in many forms, from those who belong to Network Marketing businesses and stay there in spite of the fact that they continue to lose money, to certain religious sects, to political parties/ followers, and many more. Extracting them takes time and knowledge, especially of what they currently believe. Missionaries who are effective understand this.

So when someone has grown up in a certain society, church, culture, or group, your smart quips and Facebook posts that are contrary to their philosophy usually do nothing but irritate, aggravate, and drive them to aggression against you. People will attack anyone or anything that threatens their mental status quo. In addition to that, take into consideration that IQ of the person to whom your speaking, and you will possibly agree that helping someone change what they believe is both an art and a science, and not something to be achieved easily.

So let’s stop wasting our time, energy, and money spinning our wheels. Remember, faber est suae quisque fortunae.

Good books to read are The True Believer  – Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hofer, and The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics – How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans, by Anonymous Conservative.

Robin Elliott

What Good Guest Speakers Want

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“I wanna thank Tim and Laura for giving the first half of my talk,” announced the guest speaker, Jeff Johnson, after two grandstanding, would-be intellectuals introduced him at length. Then you get the webinar hosts that talk a lot more than their expert guests, almost as though what they have to say is more important and revealing than the experts they are interviewing.

What do guest speakers want? As an international trainer and speaker for more than 30 years, I can assure you I have come across a lot.

  1. They want the amount of time they were promised. They don’t expect to make time for grandstanding egoists. An “egotist” thinks that the world revolves around him/her. An “egoist” is a petty soul, disregarding the rights and needs of others. It is synonymous with “selfish person”.
  2. They want some form of control regarding how much time they have left before the pompous master of ceremonies decides to end their talk and conceitedly “summarize” what the speaker said for them.
  3. They want the audiovisual equipment to work properly.
  4. They want their hosts to minimize interruptions, especially those by their host, but also by hecklers, babies and children and other loud disruptors, and noise from the room next door. Many of them would secretly like to shoot those dimwits in the audience who have the impertinence to actually answer their phones during their presentation.
  5. They expect to be treated with respect and deference by their hosts and the audience.

Strong speakers and guests will walk away instead of enduring abuse at the hands of lowbrow interviewers, and so they should – see the video below.

Robin Elliott  LeverageAdvantage.com

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11 Symptoms of Decay that led to the Downfall of the Greek and Roman Civilizations

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In this video, Robert Jeffress tells about a book written in 1947 by a sociologist named Carl Zimmerman, titled “Family and Civilization.” Zimmerman identified 11 symptoms of decay that led to the downfall of the Greek and Roman civilizations. This is exactly what is happening right now in the Western World. Here they are:

  1. No-fault divorce.
  2. The Birth Dearth. That is increased disrespect for parenthood and parents.
  3. Meaningless marriage rites and ceremonies.
  4. Defamation of past national heroes.
  5. Acceptance of alternative marriage forms.
  6. Widespread attitudes of feminism, narcissism, hedonism.
  7. The propagation of anti-family sentiment.
  8. Acceptance of most forms of adultery.
  9. Rebellious children.
  10. Increase in juvenile delinquency.
  11. Common acceptance of all forms of sexual perversion.

Later, in 1985, Billy Graham wrote World Aflame.

We are in a downward spiral of moral disorder and decay, perversion, depravity, and rebellion, with an utterly corrupt judicial system led by the Liberals, most of whom who are blissfully unaware that they are, in fact, Cultural Marxists. We are experiencing a frontal attack on Christianity, decency, and traditional family values around the world as well.

There are serious consequences to these choices, and unfortunately the naive and less intelligent are being swept along in this fecal tidal wave of deviance and debauchery. The answer is to be found, as always, between the covers of the Bible.

Robin Elliott

 

Why Some Western Governments Don’t Take Care of Seniors

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Oprah Winfrey revealed, “There are generations of OLDER PEOPLE who were born and bred and marinated in it – in that prejudice and racism – AND THEY JUST HAVE TO DIE.” And now there is talk that she may seek to be elected as the next US President!

Justin Trudeau said, “OLD STOCK WHITE CANADIANS are an UNPLEASANT RELIC, and quite frankly, replaceable. And WE WILL REPLACE THEM.”

Mature, educated, experienced Senior Citizens are a threat to governments that wish to dramatically alter and invert the norms and values, work ethic, and traditions of our civilized society into one that they can easily control, so it stands to reason that they wish to replace us with a more mentally malleable, government dependent group of people, whom they are enthusiastically importing under the guise of “refugees,” illegal immigrants, and the like.

Withdraw and diminish welfare and pensions to them, increase taxes and the costs of medication, swamp the hospitals with “refugees,” and illegals, make housing and nursing homes more inaccessible, and attack our Christianity, and we will die off sooner, opening the door to more 1984-type government control and exploitation.

Many Western governments are in a war against Seniors and their actions and words reveal it.

The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential reveals, when discussing the subject of the “Dump Granny” and “Inert Deserted Parents,” that “there is an increasing frequency of dependent elderly people being left at hospitals, day centres and nursing homes by relatives unwilling or unable to attend to their needs. Elderly people with financial means and their mental faculties intact usually have better choice and stability about their situation. The abandoned poor, infirm or senile may spend their last days as transients moved from one overcrowded government facility to another.

Robin Elliott

If You’re as Broke as a Tooth Fairy in a House Full of Meth Heads…

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If you’re as broke as a tooth fairy in a house full of meth heads, but you’re reading this, it means you have access to the Internet, probably social media. And possibly, you haven’t always been broke. You have two choices: Stay broke or do something smart to change your situation.

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to stay broke. That happens when you don’t have a plan to make money again. And I have a plan for you if you want it.

If you would like me to start sending you money, and it doesn’t cost you a dime, and you’re serious about it, we should talk. This is not a job, it’s not Network Marketing or stuffing envelopes or any such gimmick. Remember, there’s no cost to you – just work. And this is no minimum wage junk; that’s for people who want to stay broke. It’s not too late for you to turn things around.

Being broke can be temporary; you can change it like you change your mind. All you need is a recipe for change, someone to show you how, and the willingness to work to make it happen. There’s no catch here – there no cost to you.

Yes, I pay for results. You don’t have to sell anything or recruit anyone or even leave your home. And as long as you’re over 45, I don’t care how old you are or where you live or what your circumstances are. Contact me via our website, IPSsafety.com for more information, and I’ll tell you if you qualify.

Robin Elliott

What Carries Your Through?

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When troubles mount and hope dissipates, when darkness falls and the night fills with sadness, and what is lost and the specter of fear looms, what carries you through? What purpose makes you fight on? What is your “WHY?” What keeps your dreams alive? “Why do I bother? Why am I paying this price?”

When you’re tempted to provide a stock answer, dig deeper. You want money? Why? To accomplish what with that money? What is the underlying purpose? Health? So that you can do what? Why do you want to do that? And if it’s tied to a person, what if that person was no longer around? Are you sacrificing yourself instead of traveling towards a mutually beneficial outcome? One old, standard response is “to leave a legacy.” Really? for whom? Do you think they really care? Is it worth it? And are they reciprocating or using you?

If you had millions of dollars, would you still be doing what you’re doing? If you were alone on this earth, would your goals still be applicable?

The objective, well thought out answers to these questions are important to long-term success, to inner strength. Identifying the real, logical reason for your aspirations, the core motive driving your ambition, is foundational to your ultimate success. Which brings us to the next level:

What is your alternative? What else could you do? How else could you accomplish this aim? What could you substitute for your present direction? An evolving, maturing person will naturally review his objectives, the intent behind those objectives, whether or not they are still desirable or even applicable, and his other options, instead of blindly stumbling forward across the obstacles with bleeding feet and decreased energy and hope.

After a careful, detached evaluation, which should occur regularly, one will be rejuvenated on one’s journey, be it on the same course or on a new one to a new target. It takes courage to sum things up, to look at the ledger of life, to face perhaps uncomfortable facts and evaluate the cost against the intended outcome, and most of all, to change course, to discard a previous passion.

This is because of two traps: the Sunk Cost Fallacy; “I have spent so much time and money on this, and publicly committed to it – how can I walk away from it now and save face?” – and the fear of the opinions of other people. First, better to change now and live a fulfilled, rejuvenated life, and second, to realize that what others – no matter who – think doesn’t matter. As you get older, this becomes glaringly apparent.

Take an hour or two in a quiet place, ideally in nature, to reconsider what carries you though, if the journey is still worth it, and what your alternatives are. You can only gain from this simple, yet valuable exercise.

Robin Elliott

P.S. Read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Why Many Business Owners are Refusing to Hire Millenials

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Business owners like to hire people who are hardworking, disciplined, innovative, respectful, and persevering. They like employees who are responsible, patient, and loyal, and who will stay with them for the long run. And they especially like employees who are reliable and good at interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills.

An increasing amount of evidence is piling up that describes the Millenials – those born between the early 80’s and the late 90’s – as people smart business owners will probably do well to avoid, depending, of course, on the job. Here are a few reasons why:

Pawternity leave is really a thing. The Wall Street Journal explains:  “As Americans increasingly treat their pets like furry children, employers are responding by extending family benefits to pets. The trend is especially strong in New York City, where the closest many come to having a child is buying a schnauzer. We offer maternity and paternity leave, and a pet is another member of the family. We don’t discriminate just because they aren’t human,’ says Laurel Peppino, head of talent acquisition at mParticle.”

Fully 30% of Millenials live with their parents. If you’re looking for a mature, responsible, disciplined employee, you probably want to avoid a parasite or someone who plays the victim. “Failure to launch,” “immature,” and “Peter Pan Syndrome” springs to mind – an indefinite adolescence where men want to remain boys forever.

In 2008, author Ron Alsop called the Millennials “Trophy Kids,” a term that reflects a trend in competitive sports, as well as many other aspects of life, where mere participation is frequently enough for a reward. It has been reported that this is an issue in corporate environments. Some employers are concerned that Millennials have too great expectations from the workplace. Some studies predict they will switch jobs frequently, holding many more jobs than Gen Xers due to their great expectations.

A 2013 Pew Research Poll found that 84% of Millennials, born since 1980, who were at that time between the ages of 18 and 32, favored legalizing the use of marijuana.

Only 1 in 4 Millennials Demonstrate ‘Basic Financial Literacy,’ According to George Washington University Poll

People who spend most of their time staring at their phones and computer screens and communicating by text are seldom good at presentation skills or interpersonal communication. In fact, many Millennials are addicted to their mobile phones.

Most Millennials have never learned about playground justice, the value of losing, or that fairness is a myth. And they have an entitlement mentality with inflated opinions of themselves that simply doesn’t work in the workplace.

Finally, a new YouGov study commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an anti-communist organization, found that 44 percent of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, with another 7 percent saying the same about communism.

There are many more reasons why this generation is often a bad hiring bet. So what is the solution? What is the alternative?

There is a cheaper, better, more readily available alternative to Millenials in the workplace – again, depending on the kind of work – and that is Seniors and Veterans. If you want employees that bring with them a host of skills, contacts, and experience and are reliable, patient, steady, grateful for the job, mature, great communicators, disciplined, and hardworking, consider hiring #Seniors and #Veterans.

Robin Elliott  IPS Safety Inc.

P.S. Still not convinced? An article in the New York Times outlines how the crunchy breakfast staple has declined in sales recently- from $13.9 billion in 2000 to about $10 billion in the last year. And it seems as though the biggest culprit for this shift is millennials. Apparently, cleaning the bowl and spoon afterwards is a deal breaker. Almost 40 percent of Millennials surveyed by market research firm Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because it involved doing dishes afterwards.